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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Namibia

Namibia's captivating yet contrasting landscapes are as fascinating as the wildlife and people that occupy them. Whether you're spotting big cats in the Namib desert, meeting the colourful Himba people, or exploring the stunning Sossusvlei on a self-drive expedition, luxury Namibia holidays are sure to deliver.

The landscape and wilderness often take centre stage in Namibia, but the nation's wildlife is equally compelling. Etosha National Park is perhaps the best place to have an exciting animal encounter in beautiful surrounds, as here you can spot big cats, black rhinos, giraffes, antelopes, and elephants. Stay in a luxury lodge before exploring its 8,500 square miles of grasslands and low bush.

Visit the golden beaches of Sandwich Harbour, where giant sand dunes meet the lapis sea, then go north where you'll find the bleached whale bones and seaweed-coated shipwrecks of the famous Skeleton Coast.

Inland, mountainous terrain runs through the heart of Namibia, creating stunning sights like the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland and the expansive Fish River Canyon, the last of which has to be seen to be believed. Away from Namibia's natural beauty, a series of quirky towns and lively cities await, which like the rest of the country are easy to reach on a self-drive tour.

The uniquely situated Lüderitz features German Art Nouveau architecture and distinctly Bavarian cafes. Swakopmund was also founded by German colonisers and continues to serve European-style fare to this day. Windhoek's colonial architecture and lager brewery are distinctly Germanic too.

With 300 days of sunshine each year, you are all but guaranteed fine weather in Namibia. January and February are the warmest months, when daytime temperatures can exceed 40 degrees in the heart of the Namib desert.

Alternatively, head to the Atlantic coast for the cool Benguela current. The winter months of April and June are the best time for seeing wildlife, as during this dry period, large groups of Namibia's finest fauna will gather at their local watering holes for much-needed refreshment.

British nationals can enter Namibia for a holiday of up to 90 days without a visa. Check you have been given a correctly-dated entry stamp by Namibian officials at the airport's immigration desk. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Whether you're enjoying a romantic evening meal or snacking on regional specialities, Namibia's eclectic range of cuisines will leave you wanting more. International dishes make use of locally-sourced meats and produce for the freshest, most delicious flavours.

If you want an authentic eating experience, look out for antelope, ostrich, or zebra cooked on a braai (barbecue). While big towns like Windhoek and Lüderitz serve various European dishes, Swakopmund is known for its excellent seafood, especially oysters, and Kalahari truffles.

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